Gretchen N. Rohr

Magistrate Judge and Chair, Mental Health Commission, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Macalester College; J.D., Georgetown

Gretchen Rohr is the Project Director for the DC Jail Advocacy Project, an initiative of University...

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Gretchen Rohr is the Project Director for the DC Jail Advocacy Project, an initiative of University Legal Services, the federally mandated protection and advocacy agency for D.C. residents with disabilities. The Project’s aim is to reduce periods of incarceration and remove barriers to reentry for incarcerated youth and adults with mental illness through direct representation, the provision of public education and training, and the development of calculated strategies for systemic reform.


Professor Rohr’s first U.S. legal practice was as a Holland & Knight Chesterfield Smith Fellow, where she worked in partnership with the Atlanta-based Southern Center for Human Rights litigating eighth amendment injunctive lawsuits protecting basic constitutional rights of those incarcerated in jails and prisons throughout the Southeastern United States. Prior to joining ULS, Professor Rohr worked with Georgia’s Protection & Advocacy agency where she advocated for the liberation of individuals with disabilities from statewide institutions including from Central State, Georgia’s oldest and largest psychiatric hospital.  Professor Rohr earned her first law degree from Oxford University where as Rhodes Scholar she focused her studies on International Human Rights. After mobilizing a collective of widows and advocating for constitutional reform in Zimbabwe, she returned to the U.S. to complete a J.D. at Georgetown Law Center.


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